What You Should Know About St. John’s Wort
Updated: Oct 2, 2020
*Disclaimer at the top: “I always advise individuals and remind them of the importance of checking with your healthcare provider or a trained practitioner before starting supplements and herbs due to the potential for side effects and interactions,” <-- YES! If you start anything new, start slowly, ramp up, and keep it to ONE new thing, so you know that IT was the issue.
Many people have at least heard of St. John’s wort. However, most people do not know much about it beyond the name.
Standard disclaimer: The FDA, classifies St. John’s wort as a dietary supplement, not a drug.
(This is a theme throughout this website, no matter how much research over the centuries).
What Is St. John’s Wort?
St. John’s wort is also known in the plant world as hypericum perforatum. It is a flowering plant and the flowers are what are used to make supplements. St. John’s wort is considered an herbal supplement and has been used for centuries.
Active ingredients include hypericin, hyperforin, and adhyperforin responsible for its medicinal benefits.
These ingredients cause an increase in chemical messengers in the brain,
such as serotonin, dopamine, and noradrenaline.
It may take weeks or months before you notice any effect.
What Are the Benefits of St. John’s Wort?
St. John’s Wort offers many health benefits. Some of these include:
Antiviral Properties: (Ranked #1 only because this is the purpose of the website):
Another potential benefit of St. John’s wort is that it can have antiviral properties. This means that it can help with viral infections if and when you come into contact with them.
-Reading through other people's research (OPR) - I ran across the St. John Wort (Hypericin) is the catalyst for BHT. Obviously, as a BHT believer I was intrigued as I had no idea at the time it would need a catalyst.
-This is where BHT + Lysine + VitC + Zinc (Outbreaks down to:1-3 times a year from 12+).
-Added in ST. Johns / Rutin (Outbreaks down to: Zero times since 2013 from 1-3.).
One of the many benefits of St. John’s wort is that it has anti-inflammatory properties. This means that it can help reduce all manner of inflammation in the body.
Help with Mild/Moderate Depression: 62 studies conducted in 2016 and 2017:
The # one reason for STJ. over Prescription: Researchers noted that fewer people stopped taking St. John’s wort, compared to antidepressants over time.
"You have to take something for it to work."
Benefit AND Downside: St John's is known to clear drugs and ingested chemicals from the bloodstream.
“If you have ever heard that grapefruit juice can interfere with your medications, then you know of this process we call enzyme induction, St. John’s wort, like grapefruit juice, induces the body to produce more of these enzymes in order to clear the chemical from the bloodstream [faster].
That can rob other medications of their power. <- If you are taking "LIFE SAVING" Medication, you are not going to want St. Johns cleaning it out your system 30% faster than normal.
REF1: St John's wort (Hypericum perforatum L.): a review of its chemistry, pharmacology and clinical properties.
REF3: Medicinal plants as therapeutic options for topical treatment in canine dermatology? A systematic review.
REF4: Wound healing with botanicals: A review and future perspectives.
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